Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

AMU declares entrance test dates for its UPSC coaching centre

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » National

Raja, 11 others formally charged in 2G spectrum case

Saturday April 02, 2011 08:53:18 PM, IANS

New Delhi: Formal charges running into 127 pages, with over 80,000 sheets in annexure, were filed against former telecom minister A. Raja, eight other individuals and three firms on the allocation of second generation (2G) telecom spectrum. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday filed the formal charges, brought in some seven steel boxes to the special court dealing with the probe agency, presided over by Judge O.P. Saini.

"I am satisfied that there is enough incriminating material on the record to proceed against the accused persons. I, accordingly, take cognizance of the case," Judge Saini said, and ordered summons to five of the nine accused not in judicial custody.

They have been asked to appear before the court by April 13.

Among those named are former communications minister A. Raja, his personal aide R.K. Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, who are all in judicial custody.

They were physically produced before the court Saturday, as opposed to via video conference during the previous three-four occassions.

Also named were Swan director Vinod Goenka, Unitech Wireless director Sanjay Chandra and three officials from the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group -- Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.

The charges were also filed against three companies, Unitech, Reliance and Swan Telecom.

The document before the court also contained the sanction to prosecute Chandolia, as was communicated by Economic Affairs Secretary A.K. Gopalan, on the basis of a probe by the anti-corruption branch of the investigating agency.

Unitech, the charges alleged, was ineligible for the licence, as the company did not have the necessary amendment in its memorandum and articles of association to enter the telecom business at that point of time.

According to an official investigating the matter, the three officials of the Reliance Anil Ambani Group were named for allegedly concealing the
in-eligibility of Swan Telecom for the grant of spectrum.

The charges said both the policy of first-come-first-served basis for allocation of the scarce radio frequency spectrum and the decision to advance the cut-off date to favour some stakeholders were with malafide intentions.

"The public is reminded the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it," the probe agency said. "Under the Indian law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial."

The accused were charged under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, including cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

"We have 125 witnesses on whose information the agency has attached 654 documents to the chargesheet in the case. Out of them, the statements of seven-eight have been recorded. This provides concrete evidence," said a CBI official.

"In the entire episode, the government incurred a loss of Rs.30,984 crore. Our point of view is that Swan and Unitech telecom were two companies totally in-eligible for the spectrum and licence allocation," the official added.

"We are also investigating Kaliagnar TV, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal, who are the directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables, and Cineyug and Green House promoters," said senior public prosecutor A.K. Singh, who was especially called from Guwahati.

"They are likely to be named in the supplementary charges that will be submitted by end-April," Singh said, adding, the name of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Private Ltd has since changed to Kusegaon Realty.

Regarding Raja's close associate Sadiq Batcha, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his Chennai home last month, the probe agency said that they were tracing the alleged kick-backs in the scam that could have been routed through him.

Raja had resigned Nov 14 as the communications minister after it came to light that the official auditor had accused that his policy on spectrum allocation had resulted in a loss of several billion dollars to the exchequer.

He was arrested by the probe agency in the national capital Feb 2, along with Behura and Chandolia, while Balwa was arrested from Pune on Feb 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

 

 

 

Top Stories

Billion hearts, one dream: India prays for encore

It isn't quite war this time. With three days to recoup from the spent emotions of Mohali, a cheerful and excited India Saturday was in the mood for a solid good game of cricket, hoping their team would repeat its World Cup feat of 1983, this time against Sri Lanka.  »

 Jayawardene slams century as Sri Lanka set India 275-run target

Mumbai now also becomes nation's cricket capital

 

  Most Read

RTE Act one year on: 8 million children still missing school

The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act which promises free and compulsory education  »

 Over a lakh children in Delhi still out of school

Israel asks UN to help block planned Gaza flotilla

Israel asked the United Nations on Friday to help prevent activists sailing to Gaza on the first anniversary of the bloody Israeli seizure of a Turkish ship that tried to reach the blockaded Palestinian enclave. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office quoted him telling UN Secretary  »

 

  News Pick

Who is a progressive Muslim?

A progressive Muslim is one who is firmly grounded in the Qur’anic values of truth (haq), justice (‘adl), compassion (rahmah), wisdom (hikmah) and does service to others rather than being served by others. A progressive Muslim does not believe in sectarian   »

Quirks of fate boost Manmohan's standing

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision to invite his counterpart in Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani, to watch the India-Pakistan cricket match in the World Cup semifinal in Chandigarh may prove to be a successful initiative    »

Anna Hazare calls for nation-wide fast

After discussions between activists and government representatives on the anti-graft Lokpal bill failed to reach a discussion, veteran activist Anna Hazare has called upon the nation to observe a fast April 5. "We are appealing to the   »

Waqf Properties’ Record in MP being Computerized

In order to monitor Waqf properties, the record is being computerized in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. A total of 15,000 properties worth Rs. 52,000 crores is registered under the Waqf in the state.   »

Declining child sex ratio alarms social scientists

With the 2011 census showing a continuing decline in the country's child sex ratio,   »

India's population is 1.21 billion, gender imbalance worsens

 

Picture of the Day

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani watching the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final, at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium, in Mohali on March 30, 2011. Also seen are UPA Chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs Meira Kumar.

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

 

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

       

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.